Free Website Creation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Free website creation is a great method for small business to expand their digital footprint. Before I get started. Please note, if there is a price tag on your time then this strategy is not free. It is free in the sense that you don’t have to use a credit card to utilize the concept in this post. As per the title of this blog post states. What is the good, the bad, and ugly when it comes to free website tools?

Drilling down free website creation

Free website creation

The Good

Out of all the tools I have played with. By far, the easiest tool to use is Google My Business. That’s right, Google has now dominated the world of free when it comes to business web pages. This tool not only gives you a free web page it gives you a free listing on their network. There is no need to know any coding. Just follow the steps and you should be good to go. Now, if you need Google My business help. There are a lot of companies out there that will help you out.

The Bad

There are only a couple bad things about these type of free services. The first is that you do not have a domain name (web address) that reads only your brand name. Typically, free resources show your brand name and their brand name. This is how they advertise their brand. However, if you are willing to put down some cash. You can purchase your own domain name from them. When you do make a purchase it is super easy to connect to the free site that you have built. The second point is that you are limited to how much functionality you can have on your site. This can make it difficult to really show what your brand is about.

The Ugly

The only ugly thing about free web pages is that you do not have much control on what the site looks likes. They are also full of advertisements, banners and other branding material that can and will distract your potential clients to do something else then buy into your message. However, some of the companies are better then others when it comes to advertisements. It is best to experiment so that you can see how they place advertisements on their platforms.

Here are the Top 5 resources for your business to help build your digital footprint and increase your search ranking.

Google My Business
WordPress
WIX
Weebly
Brave Net

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Allshouse Designs EP8 | Sales Funnel Concept

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Here at Allshouse Designs, we pride ourselves in providing the best possible information to everyone. Whether that be with your small business, website, or social media profiles. We enjoy providing this information to you and will continue to do so.

Over the years, there has been many lessons learned while experimenting with our own company and we want to be sure you can avoid some of those headaches by following our blog and our YouTube channel. One important piece of valuable information we would like to provide you with is an explanation of the sales funnel concept.

A sales funnel is a marketing strategy designed to lead a consumer through a process that ultimately ends with them becoming your customer. There are three main categories within the sales funnel; at the top, you have your leads, then prospects, then you finish with your customers. When you see this in diagram form, it looks like a funnel – hence the name “Sales Funnel”.

A sales funnel always starts with the same step, Generating Leads. One of the easiest and most common ways of generating leads is with a landing page. A landing page is the first page most people will see when they visit your site via a link. The purpose of this page is to educate potential leads about a problem that your business can solve. Often, at the bottom of the page they have forms on them or boxes where people can put in their contact details to hear more about a solution to their problem. This provides you with a means to contact them and follow up on your leads.
Now, I could go into explaining the next steps to a sales funnel, but, why not have Alec Allshouse tell you himself. Click on the video link on this page to hear everything you need to know about a sales funnel and how to apply it to your business strategy.


 
Have comments or experiences of your own on this subject? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you and talk with you about them.
Until next time, have a great week!

Excellent Customer Service is Key to Your Success!

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Allshouse Designs’ founder has over twenty years of customer service experience. Over the twenty years he has found that we all need to be kind and respectful to meet the needs of a customer. It is Allshouse Designs’ value to bring their clients the best service they can. We really enjoy working with businesses that have the same value. That is why we compiled three main points of what you should practice to have a successful and respectful connection with your customer.

A positive connection with your customer is the key to your success. Don’t get me wrong, the way you recover a failed customer service is important too. However, if you follow our values of customer service. You will have an easier time recovering from mistakeswith your customer. Remember, we are all human and really, all we want is to be given an ear and to be respected. You can read more about our three points of excellent customer service or you can watch episode 7 of our Tools and Tips series below.

Please post your experience on how you handled a failed service in the comments below. Your story could help someone. Do your values line up with ours? we would love to hear from you.

Till next time, thank you and have a wonderful week!

The Four Benefits of Building a Facebook Business Profile

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Facebook is the most populated social media platform to date. As its popularity grows and grows, it becomes an even more important tool for businesses. Bearing that in mind, here are the main benefits of Facebook for business:

Incredible Exposure

Perhaps the biggest benefit of a Facebook business profile is that your company now gets more exposure. Remember, Facebook is highly populated, with around one billion users on there, and millions of people using it every day. This means there’s the potential to expose your business to millions of people that haven’t heard of it before. As a result, you can expand your customer base by attracting new people to your company. It’s by far and away the easiest and most effective way of increasing brand exposure.

Find Your Target Audience

Not only does a Facebook business profile help you increase exposure and find new customers, but it also lets you find your target audience. Let’s be frank, the chances of every Facebook user finding your profile and following it are very slim. Instead, everyone that’s interested in your profile will be from your target audience. Why else would someone click on your business profile? The audience you attract will be the exact audience you want to attract. This is key for business, as it makes converting them into customers a whole lot easier.

Reduce Marketing Costs

The beauty of Facebook is that you can use it to market your business for free. Sure, there are ways you can pay for Facebook Ads, but a lot of your marketing efforts can be done without spending a penny. It’s totally free to signup and create a Facebook business profile. It’s free to post content and get people interested in your profile on this platform too. For small businesses with tiny marketing budgets, it’s such a cost-effective way of getting your company seen by as many people as possible.

Drive Traffic To Your Website

Every business should know that a website is the centerpiece of all their digital marketing efforts. Everything you do should be geared to getting people to visit your site. With a Facebook business profile, you have a platform to drive unprecedented levels of web traffic to your business website. It’s simply one of the best methods for increasing those numbers and improve your website statistics. Clever business owners will post links to their website or links to blog posts on their site that people can read via Facebook. Did you know that recent studies showed internet users are now finding websites via Facebook more than via search engines? This proves how effective it can be for increasing web traffic, which is great for your business.

There you have it, four benefits of a Facebook business profile. If your company is looking for a cheap and effective marketing method, then Facebook is a splendid idea. You won’t find another social media platform with as much reach as this one has. Give your business a far better online presence by creating a Facebook business profile today.

As always Allshouse Designs is here to help your business with a strong online Presence. Request a call back today!

Research, Research, Research your Market!

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I can’t say it enough. Do your research! Starting a business is not easy. Don’t go in blind. The digital age continues to create information on all of us. There is no excuse!  It would be straight up stupid not to figure out your target market, right?

There has been one time in my life where I watched a business rise and fall. It was two years of complete failure. A simple internet search would of told the owner of the business what to do. Instead, he did not do his research. He basically had to lay off the employees that he trained at his expense. The only good outcome was that the employees that he trained went off and worked for other businesses and made hundreds of thousands of dollars for those businesses. It was a harsh reality, but this happens all the time. Do your research and don’t watch your business slip away.

If that is not a good enough reason for you to do your research . Check out some more reasons why market research is important in the Tips and Update section at allshousedesigns.com.